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2018 Château Haut-Bailly

$139.99
2018 Château Haut-Bailly

An outstanding effort from one of the great Chateaus of Pessac-Leognan, Haut-Bailly is a Grand Cru Classe with roots reaching back to the 16th century. The vineyards used for this historic Graves wine are mentioned in archives dating to 1461, where even then were recognized as great sites for the cultivation of vines. Since its creation, the Chateau has changed hands a number of times before being acquired by the Sanders family and then an American banker who died in 2017. Veronica Sanders stayed on as GM with Oenologist Gabriel Vialard, Technical Director. One of the keys to the Haut-Bailly's success is a plot of ancient vines that lie just outside the Chateau, which is the heart and soul of this wine. A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc 2018 is one of the most successful vintages from Haut-Bailly of all time. Though it was a year of extremes with excessive rainfall in winter and spring, followed by drought with a long sunny summer for more than four consecutive months, which the Chateau describes as rare and ideal. This is an outstanding buy for the vintage, with Galloni giving this wine the same score as the 2018 Haut-Brion. It is also one of James Suckling's top French wines of the year. A bottle that is definitely worth checking out; these are due to arrive early next week.

James Suckling 99 points! #7 French wine of the year! "Complex and expressive nose, offering red and dark fruit, spices and pepper with wood and mushroom undertones. Fresh mussel shell and a hint of ink, too. Full-bodied with a fine texture and great balance between the acidity and the controlled, tannic structure. Very long finish. Goes on and on. Tiny production, 21 hectoliters per hectare. Try after 2025."

Jeb Dunnuck 98 points! "The Grand Vin 2018 Château Haut-Bailly checks in as 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and the balance Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. It spent 18 months in 60% new French oak. This is a beautiful, classic expression of this terroir, and its dense purple hue is followed by gorgeous black cherry and cassis fruits interwoven with ample tobacco leaf, cedary herbs, earth, truffle, and floral nuances. While 2018 was a hot, dry year (at the end of the season anyway), this shows a mix of cooler-climate, vibrant aromatics paired with a rich, concentrated, fresh style on the palate. It has plenty of tannins, flawless balance, and a great finish. A beautiful, elegant 2018, it's going to need 5-7 years of bottle age and keep for 3-4 decades. (Drink between 2028 - 2058)"

Antonio Galloni 97 points! "The 2018 Haut-Bailly soars out of the glass, showing magnificent poise that only grows with time. Sweet, perfumed aromatics, silky tannins and mid-weight structure add to its considerable allure. Ripe red berry fruit, spice, blood orange, licorice, cedar, tobacco and menthol are all woven together in an effortless, classy Haut-Bailly that delivers the goods. I suppose the 2018 doesn't quite have the explosive energy of the very best years, but it more than makes up for that with its sensual, seductive personality. (Drink between 2028 - 2048)"

2018 Château Haut-Bailly

2018 Château Haut-Bailly

$139.99
$139.99


An outstanding effort from one of the great Chateaus of Pessac-Leognan, Haut-Bailly is a Grand Cru Classe with roots reaching back to the 16th century. The vineyards used for this historic Graves wine are mentioned in archives dating to 1461, where even then were recognized as great sites for the cultivation of vines. Since its creation, the Chateau has changed hands a number of times before being acquired by the Sanders family and then an American banker who died in 2017. Veronica Sanders stayed on as GM with Oenologist Gabriel Vialard, Technical Director. One of the keys to the Haut-Bailly's success is a plot of ancient vines that lie just outside the Chateau, which is the heart and soul of this wine. A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc 2018 is one of the most successful vintages from Haut-Bailly of all time. Though it was a year of extremes with excessive rainfall in winter and spring, followed by drought with a long sunny summer for more than four consecutive months, which the Chateau describes as rare and ideal. This is an outstanding buy for the vintage, with Galloni giving this wine the same score as the 2018 Haut-Brion. It is also one of James Suckling's top French wines of the year. A bottle that is definitely worth checking out; these are due to arrive early next week.

James Suckling 99 points! #7 French wine of the year! "Complex and expressive nose, offering red and dark fruit, spices and pepper with wood and mushroom undertones. Fresh mussel shell and a hint of ink, too. Full-bodied with a fine texture and great balance between the acidity and the controlled, tannic structure. Very long finish. Goes on and on. Tiny production, 21 hectoliters per hectare. Try after 2025."

Jeb Dunnuck 98 points! "The Grand Vin 2018 Château Haut-Bailly checks in as 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and the balance Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. It spent 18 months in 60% new French oak. This is a beautiful, classic expression of this terroir, and its dense purple hue is followed by gorgeous black cherry and cassis fruits interwoven with ample tobacco leaf, cedary herbs, earth, truffle, and floral nuances. While 2018 was a hot, dry year (at the end of the season anyway), this shows a mix of cooler-climate, vibrant aromatics paired with a rich, concentrated, fresh style on the palate. It has plenty of tannins, flawless balance, and a great finish. A beautiful, elegant 2018, it's going to need 5-7 years of bottle age and keep for 3-4 decades. (Drink between 2028 - 2058)"

Antonio Galloni 97 points! "The 2018 Haut-Bailly soars out of the glass, showing magnificent poise that only grows with time. Sweet, perfumed aromatics, silky tannins and mid-weight structure add to its considerable allure. Ripe red berry fruit, spice, blood orange, licorice, cedar, tobacco and menthol are all woven together in an effortless, classy Haut-Bailly that delivers the goods. I suppose the 2018 doesn't quite have the explosive energy of the very best years, but it more than makes up for that with its sensual, seductive personality. (Drink between 2028 - 2048)"